Last Mile Distributors: The Key to Unlocking Efficient Rural Supply Chain

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Samira Nuzhat
Md. Mamun Habib


‘Last mile’ means the final phase of a distribution process where in order to gain a competitive advantage, companies work at establishing and refining their final link of supply chain. In many rural areas around the world, the inefficient last mile supply chains is a major obstacle to business development. Last miles are often considered as the most expensive but least efficient aspect of a supply chain. Many national and multinational companies face complex and unique challenges in delivering goods to rural areas, particularly in developing countries where infrastructure is often poor and transportation options are limited. This inadequacy can result in higher costs for consumers, reduced profits for producers, and even wastage due to spoilage.

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